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deadroth
01-12-2009, 11:31 AM
Many folks are predicting another close bloodbath.
Generally you can throw out any previous stats or whatever when these two
teams meet.

But I have to call this the way I see it.
The Ravens have not had a week off since week 3. The defense was on the field forever against the Titans, and we looked tired. Lots of missed tackles is a sign of a team being tired. Add to that, the Ravens got beat up pretty bad. Some of those players may not be back for Sunday. Including Suggs, who is a must-have player against the Steelers. This becomes even more important because Antwan Barnes who is a good Suggs replacement is also questionable. Barnes has not played for several weeks. For those who do not know, Barnes is a Hybrid sack specialist like Suggs and as a second year player shows plenty of promise.

The Steelers looked fresh and were not punished physically against the Chargers.
I think this is a very tall order for the Ravens now. Even to the point where I think the Steelers should be favored by 7.

The one thing that I am confident about the Ravens is that our QB will not lose this game for us. This guy simply does not get rattled into making mistakes. I have a relative that works at the University of Delaware and has been close to that football team. Joe does not get ‘rattled’, upset, or otherwise. Apparently it’s genetic because reports of the same go all the way back to high school. In some circles this guy’s composure is quietly legendary. That was validated all season. Not once was there a situation that could have been considered ‘rattled’, whereby emotion or getting hit hard made a difference. Word has it that it has never happened going all the way back to pee wee league. So forget about that. He might get beaten or outplayed but not rattled into errors.

Ravens are going to have to bring a game where the Offense stays on the field for long stretches. Again, I think that might be too much to ask against the Steeler Defense. The Ravens need rest and recovery time. If they do pull this off, I think it would be a monumental accomplishment.

Either way, the AFC North will remain securely in the hands of Pittsburgh and Baltimore for many a year to come. So I'm looking forward to more battles and what should be hailed as the greatest rivalry of the modern NFL. Good luck. No carreer ending injuries please.

4G63
01-12-2009, 11:35 AM
Ravens are going to have to bring a game where the Offense stays on the field for long stretches. Again, I think that might be too much to ask against the Steeler Defense. The Ravens need rest and recovery time. If they do pull this off, I think it would be a monumental accomplishment.

Either way, the AFC North will remain securely in the hands of Pittsburgh and Baltimore for many a year to come. So I'm looking forward to more battles and what should be hailed as the greatest rivalry of the modern NFL. Good luck. No carreer ending injuries please.

Agreed.....the Ravens will leave everything on the field!!

TackleMeBen
01-12-2009, 11:38 AM
Agreed.....the Ravens will leave everything on the field!!
if that is the case, then the steelers need to put the nails in coffin!!:tt02::tt02::tt02:

Pi Kapp Steeler
01-12-2009, 11:39 AM
The one thing that I am confident about the Ravens is that our QB will not lose this game for us. This guy simply does not get rattled into making mistakes.

Im must say Flacco has been extremely impressive by passing rookie standards.

If you look at the group of QBs in the next 5-7 years when all the mannings and bradys mcnabbs will be on the tail end the AFC North is going to be loaded

Palmer
Roethliberger
Quinn
Flacco

=

Yikes

Crow-Magnon
01-12-2009, 11:41 AM
Many folks are predicting another close bloodbath.
Generally you can throw out any previous stats or whatever when these two
teams meet.

But I have to call this the way I see it.
The Ravens have not had a week off since week 3. The defense was on the field forever against the Titans, and we looked tired. Lots of missed tackles is a sign of a team being tired. Add to that, the Ravens got beat up pretty bad. Some of those players may not be back for Sunday. Including Suggs, who is a must-have player against the Steelers. This becomes even more important because Antwan Barnes who is a good Suggs replacement is also questionable. Barnes has not played for several weeks. For those who do not know, Barnes is a Hybrid sack specialist like Suggs and as a second year player shows plenty of promise.

The Steelers looked fresh and were not punished physically against the Chargers.
I think this is a very tall order for the Ravens now. Even to the point where I think the Steelers should be favored by 7.

The one thing that I am confident about the Ravens is that our QB will not lose this game for us. This guy simply does not get rattled into making mistakes. I have a relative that works at the University of Delaware and has been close to that football team. Joe does not get ‘rattled’, upset, or otherwise. Apparently it’s genetic because reports of the same go all the way back to high school. In some circles this guy’s composure is quietly legendary. That was validated all season. Not once was there a situation that could have been considered ‘rattled’, whereby emotion or getting hit hard made a difference. Word has it that it has never happened going all the way back to pee wee league. So forget about that. He might get beaten or outplayed but not rattled into errors.

Ravens are going to have to bring a game where the Offense stays on the field for long stretches. Again, I think that might be too much to ask against the Steeler Defense. The Ravens need rest and recovery time. If they do pull this off, I think it would be a monumental accomplishment.

Either way, the AFC North will remain securely in the hands of Pittsburgh and Baltimore for many a year to come. So I'm looking forward to more battles and what should be hailed as the greatest rivalry of the modern NFL. Good luck. No carreer ending injuries please.

I'd really like to disagree with every point you've made here, but I can't. Because it is all basically true. Whether or not it will be the determining factor remains to be seen starting 6:30 EST this Sunday.

No matter what, the Ravens will play their guts out. Of that I'm 110% sure.

revefsreleets
01-12-2009, 12:23 PM
They'll leave it all on the field, but the tank is pretty empty by now. Barring some weird melt-down, the Steelers will handle the Rats. They just don't have the offense to hang with us.

24-10 and sticking with it.

KeiselPower99
01-12-2009, 12:27 PM
Dont throw towards Ed Reed and block Suggs will win the game.

bradness113
01-12-2009, 01:54 PM
They'll leave it all on the field, but the tank is pretty empty by now. Barring some weird melt-down, the Steelers will handle the Rats. They just don't have the offense to hang with us.

24-10 and sticking with it.

If we play even remotely close to how we played against the chargers...it will be a blowout like that. Ravens havent had a week off since week 2, and they got beat up last week against Tennessee. Suggs, Rolle, Leonard, McClain, all got hurt, the severity of these injuries are up in the air...but they arent healthy like us.

CANT WAIT.

HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!:tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02:
:helmet::helmet::helmet::helmet::helmet::helmet:

zsheik22
01-12-2009, 01:58 PM
Been waiting for Flacco to have his rookie game and choke all season.



Never happened, and I agree... I dont think it's going to. He really reminds me of another Big Ben.

Hammer67
01-12-2009, 02:00 PM
Don't count them out yet.....I thought the same way about the Steelers going into the playoffs a few years ago...

zsheik22
01-12-2009, 02:02 PM
Don't count them out yet.....I thought the same way about the Steelers going into the playoffs a few years ago...




And the Giants the year after that.

westcoastransplant
01-12-2009, 02:03 PM
We can hope that Flacco goes the same way as Ben did his rookie season. Ben was physically drained and when it came time to play in the AFCCG, he had his worst game of the season. Flacco has not given any indications that he will follow though. Its going to be a close physical game like always.

Pi Kapp Steeler
01-12-2009, 02:14 PM
We can hope that Flacco goes the same way as Ben did his rookie season. Ben was physically drained and when it came time to play in the AFCCG, he had his worst game of the season. Flacco has not given any indications that he will follow though. Its going to be a close physical game like always.

Ya and don't forget the Patriots knew every play call that was coming.

I give that lost a *

verks36
01-12-2009, 02:18 PM
Im must say Flacco has been extremely impressive by passing rookie standards.

If you look at the group of QBs in the next 5-7 years when all the mannings and bradys mcnabbs will be on the tail end the AFC North is going to be loaded

Palmer
Roethliberger
Quinn
Flacco

=

Yikes


I dont know if quinn has proven to be on that list just yet

drizze99
01-12-2009, 02:23 PM
Adrenaline goes a long way and you know there will be plenty of it Sunday night.

I hate the fact that we are playing a team fro the 3rd time.

As for Flacco, I knew he was going to be a great NFL QB. I watched many of his games at U of D. I was just pist he went to the Ravens!!

Vis
01-12-2009, 02:37 PM
The one thing that I am confident about the Ravens is that our QB will not lose this game for us. This guy simply does not get rattled into making mistakes. I have a relative that works at the University of Delaware and has been close to that football team. Joe does not get ‘rattled’, upset, or otherwise. Apparently it’s genetic because reports of the same go all the way back to high school. In some circles this guy’s composure is quietly legendary. That was validated all season. Not once was there a situation that could have been considered ‘rattled’, whereby emotion or getting hit hard made a difference. Word has it that it has never happened going all the way back to pee wee league. So forget about that. He might get beaten or outplayed but not rattled into errors.



He may not get rattled but he was a combined 27-of-59 for 307 yards against the Steelers with 1 TD and 2 INTs. He fumbled 3 times losing 1. He was also sacked seven times.

BlastFurnace
01-12-2009, 02:40 PM
Many folks are predicting another close bloodbath.
Generally you can throw out any previous stats or whatever when these two
teams meet.

But I have to call this the way I see it.
The Ravens have not had a week off since week 3. The defense was on the field forever against the Titans, and we looked tired. Lots of missed tackles is a sign of a team being tired. Add to that, the Ravens got beat up pretty bad. Some of those players may not be back for Sunday. Including Suggs, who is a must-have player against the Steelers. This becomes even more important because Antwan Barnes who is a good Suggs replacement is also questionable. Barnes has not played for several weeks. For those who do not know, Barnes is a Hybrid sack specialist like Suggs and as a second year player shows plenty of promise.

The Steelers looked fresh and were not punished physically against the Chargers.
I think this is a very tall order for the Ravens now. Even to the point where I think the Steelers should be favored by 7.

The one thing that I am confident about the Ravens is that our QB will not lose this game for us. This guy simply does not get rattled into making mistakes. I have a relative that works at the University of Delaware and has been close to that football team. Joe does not get ‘rattled’, upset, or otherwise. Apparently it’s genetic because reports of the same go all the way back to high school. In some circles this guy’s composure is quietly legendary. That was validated all season. Not once was there a situation that could have been considered ‘rattled’, whereby emotion or getting hit hard made a difference. Word has it that it has never happened going all the way back to pee wee league. So forget about that. He might get beaten or outplayed but not rattled into errors.

Ravens are going to have to bring a game where the Offense stays on the field for long stretches. Again, I think that might be too much to ask against the Steeler Defense. The Ravens need rest and recovery time. If they do pull this off, I think it would be a monumental accomplishment.

Either way, the AFC North will remain securely in the hands of Pittsburgh and Baltimore for many a year to come. So I'm looking forward to more battles and what should be hailed as the greatest rivalry of the modern NFL. Good luck. No carreer ending injuries please.

I highly respect the Ravens. I think they have a terrific young coach who reminds me of Cowher when he was younger, and are solid everywhere. I am expecting your injured starters to be shot up with every form of pain killer available to play this game. That's how much I believe the Ravens want this game. We want this game equally as much.

I do believe we will win this game, but you guys are still to be respected.

It's going to be a heckuva game.

SCSTILLER
01-12-2009, 03:02 PM
The one thing that scares me about this game is that it is hard to beat a team, especially a division rival, three times in one season! (unless the Chiefs and Lions are your opponent) Yes, the Ravens are banged up, but they will be playing like rabid dogs out there.

Hopefully we will be able to control the clock, keep the Ravens D on the field, tire them out, then 1 - 2 punch them with Willie and Moore.

Steelers & I
01-12-2009, 03:11 PM
While watching the Ravens/Titans playoff game, I actually began pulling for the Ravens towards the end of the game. It had nothing to do with the AFC Championship Game being played in Pittsburgh, in fact that worries me a bit when you factor in the Steelers history of blowing those home championship games.

My rooting for the Ravens was based solely on the fact that the Ravens defense looked so damn tired for most of the 2nd half of that game. I'm sure that a lot of you noticed it as well.

It's stil going to be a tough game in which the Steelers won't be afforded many mistakes but honestly, it wouldn't suprise me if the Steelers won this game by a 13 to17 point margin. In my opinion, the Ravens just looked that tired defensively.

HometownGal
01-12-2009, 03:31 PM
I could be a homer and say that I think the Steelers will stomp the Rats into the ground, but I'd be fibbing. It's going to be WWIII out there on Sunday night.

I'm not as concerned about your D as I am Flacco. The kid is pure gold and does remind me of Big Ben, as someone else mentioned. He has tremendous poise and little seems to rattle him (though I hope the Steelers D rattles his bones early and often on Sunday! :wink02:). I'm not taking him or the Rats lightly, no matter how tired or beat up the team is.

The Steelers are a VERY confident and healthy bunch right now and that bodes in our favor. I know for certain they won't take the Rats lightly either, as they know all too well how deep the rivalry is and they're going to be out for Rats blood. I believe the Rats will give us a good game and if the Steelers can keep riding that momentum tide and play 60 minutes of Steelers football as they did yesterday, they're going to win this game.

My predicition is:

Steelers 20
Rats 13

Polamalu43
01-12-2009, 03:32 PM
Even thouh im really confident going into this game against the ravens, don't ever doubt that Defense's heart.. its gonna be a brutal war sunday!

SteelersinCA
01-12-2009, 04:50 PM
I'll never count the Ravens out. Not as long as they have that Defense. Ed Reed can change a game with one superb play. I'm looking forward to a game controlled by the Steelers, but not a blowout. I'm thinking along the lines of what the Tenn-Balt game would have been without the Tenn turnovers.

G7!
01-12-2009, 05:12 PM
I agree with most of what is being said here. Would you want any other game? The Ravens have surpassed all expectations for the year. I think they are on fumes at this point but they keep finding ways to keep it going. The Titans game might have been their crest.

stlrtruck
01-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Flacco is definitely going to be key to the ratbirds success. He has been almost perfect this season and has only occassionally shown signs of being a rookie - but his defense helped out in those games and well, that's what good teams do.

However, I noticed at the end of the titans game that he was starting to make some errant throws into double coverage. So getting to him, if only to throw off his tempo and letting him know that we are there will go along way against him.

Mcclain is going to be the other wild card. He's a bit sore but he's a bruiser too. We can not afford to be missing tackles or trying to arm tackle this guy.

On the ratbirds defense. It's Ed Reed that worries me. While Ray may be the emotional leader on that squad, it is definitely Ed that can make the charge if given the opportunity.

And unlike the titans - HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL!!!!

Ravengirl
01-12-2009, 06:54 PM
They'll leave it all on the field, but the tank is pretty empty by now. Barring some weird melt-down, the Steelers will handle the Rats. They just don't have the offense to hang with us.

24-10 and sticking with it.

I'm sorry buddy, but I have to disagree. The Ravens offense has been ranked higher than the Steeler's offense all year. Don't be fooled, the Steelers offense did a good job against the Chargers defense. Compared to the Titan's defense, that's peanuts. I think the Steelers are going to come up short this time and the "beating a team 3 times" stat will remain strong.

Ravens win. 17-13

tony hipchest
01-12-2009, 07:13 PM
I think the Steelers are going to come up short this time and the "beating a team 3 times" stat will remain strong.

that stat really is fools gold. weve beaten divisonal opponents 3 times and won (infact we get better) just ask the "browns now ravens". jax had the best record in the league... undefeated infact, except for the 3 games they lost to the titans.

when a team has your number, they simply have your number (stats aside). :drink:

BehindSteelCurtain
01-12-2009, 07:17 PM
I'm sorry buddy, but I have to disagree. The Ravens offense has been ranked higher than the Steeler's offense all year. Don't be fooled, the Steelers offense did a good job against the Chargers defense. Compared to the Titan's defense, that's peanuts. I think the Steelers are going to come up short this time and the "beating a team 3 times" stat will remain strong.

Ravens win. 17-13

All year doesn't mean a thing. This is the playoffs. The Steelers just put up 35, should have been 42 points on a defense that was confident coming in. I like Steelers 31-17.

BlackAndGold4Ever
01-12-2009, 08:05 PM
Got to admit I was rooting for the Titans because I'm worried about the Ravens. I have faith however. The Ravens have been playing their hearts out the last few weeks, and I'm hoping thats their downfall. The Rats havent had a game off in god knows how long, and we're somewhat healthy and fresh. Lets get ready for some old skool smashmouth AFC NORTH Football!

revefsreleets
01-12-2009, 10:12 PM
I'm sorry buddy, but I have to disagree. The Ravens offense has been ranked higher than the Steeler's offense all year. Don't be fooled, the Steelers offense did a good job against the Chargers defense. Compared to the Titan's defense, that's peanuts. I think the Steelers are going to come up short this time and the "beating a team 3 times" stat will remain strong.

Ravens win. 17-13

SHOCKING!

You disagree?

Really? Really.

I like your av. Is that you?

shevdog
01-12-2009, 10:15 PM
I'm looking forward to this matchup! I can't wait to freeze again at Heinz Field! Quick stat: Steelers have never lost when I showed up to watch them play the Ravens. LOL!

BehindSteelCurtain
01-12-2009, 10:19 PM
Steelers just need to control this game early.

CaliStillersFan
01-12-2009, 10:36 PM
Been waiting for Flacco to have his rookie game and choke all season.

Never happened, and I agree... I dont think it's going to. He really reminds me of another Big Ben.


He reminds me of Ben as well, so much so that I think he will choke just like Ben did after a 15-0 rookie campaign in the Championship game. I think Flacco will cost the Ravens the game this week. The Ravens coaching staff will take the handcuffs off to try to beat us, and it will back fire big time.

lilyoder6
01-12-2009, 10:38 PM
it did look like the affects of having to play since week 3 tired down the def, esp in the later stages..

DJ919
01-12-2009, 10:59 PM
I get a little tired of hearing about numbers and rankings...When will those "RAVENS" fans ever realize the The Pittsburgh Steelers play beyond "Stats, Rankings, & Numbers"...The only numbers that count are the numbers on that score board at the end of the 4th quarter. But if you want to play the stats & facts game...Remember, IN Baltimore, the Steelers marched 92 yards in under 3 minutes on the Number 2 ranked defense. The SCARY part is Our Steelers did it when they were pretty banged up. Looks like we're running healthy again, and that is the factor that Baltimore better REALLY worry about. The fact that we've rested, and we're healthy.

devilsdancefloor
01-12-2009, 11:01 PM
SHOCKING!

You disagree?

Really? Really.

I like your av. Is that you?

http://img37.picoodle.com/img/img37/3/1/12/f_rule30m_0c1a3cb.png:wink02::chuckle:

im expecting a bloodbath 1st one to 10 wins or whichever team has the ball last wins!

Polamalu43
01-12-2009, 11:02 PM
http://img37.picoodle.com/img/img37/3/1/12/f_rule30m_0c1a3cb.png:wink02::chuckle:

:applaudit::rofl:

Stlrs4Life
01-12-2009, 11:09 PM
This will be a close game no matter what. I believe Suggs plays on Sunday.

jnichols1967
01-12-2009, 11:48 PM
Hey fans don't count the rats out yet, i'm telling everyone what i said before the chargirls came to town, " on any given sunday" don't count the rats out yet, run run and run, knock there dicks into the ground, make them come to us, offense has to shine, every player plays to 110%, this is our time, time to show to the world what steeltown is made of, pure heart, and the love of the game.

CaliStillersFan
01-13-2009, 05:16 AM
All we have to do is not turn the ball over, and it should be an easy walk into the Super Bowl.